The post pandemic world is adapting to new paradigms such as remote work and non-verticalized teams to achieve a successful work team.
As digitalization adopts processes and workers look for new courses, the way in which companies look for and incorporate digital talent in their projects changed radically.
Despite the fact that it is not simple to recruit an ideal team, there are some trends that big companies are applying to achieve that. For example, according to Forbes, 30% of the companies that make up the Fortune 500 list include independent workers in their labor force. This can be applied to Google, where by 2019, 54% of their collaborators were freelancers, according to Bloomberg.
Another trend that has spread throughout the world in the last two years is flexible and remote work. Even though that had already been happening gradually, a study carried out by human resources consultancy Mercer guarantees that executives believed that only 45% of their workforce could adapt to a remote work modality before the pandemic. However, currently more than 90% of employers say that productivity was kept intact and it even improved after the implementation of remote work. Most companies claim that they will continue using this model even when the pandemic comes to an end.
That is why nowadays, the search for talent and productivity in teams and projects have no limit. These are some of the keys to take into account to create modern teams:
- Remote work enables reaching untapped talent groups
It is important to understand that the best talent is not always present in the same place as the organization. Looking for talent outside the company for critical projects related to digital innovation might be the key towards growth. Onboarding talent outside and inside the company with the help of remote work and digital collaboration platforms is crucial to create efficient teams.
- Hybrid teams are superior
Innovation asks for a diverse group of talent. The most innovative teams combine internal employees that understand the industry with expert global talent that offers advanced technical skills, as opposed to the traditional system integration model that externalizes innovation. Hybrid teams can also help companies develop new internal skills while working hand in hand with independent expert talent.
- Diversity is a superpower
In today’s world, there is no doubt that diversity enriches any team. When a team includes a variety of gender, ethnicity, background and more, then novel ideas, potential solutions and overcoming results will appear. One of the best benefits of being a company with remote teams is having access to a wider range of candidates to choose from. Hiring people from the freelance world implies a bigger chance of diversity, which allows to reach further limits due to availability.
- Elastic staffing tops permanent staff
Many companies follow a permanent staffing model that assigns a role to a full time position during the length of a project. This minimizes mobility and the employees’ satisfaction. However, the elastic staffing model, which allocates resources depending on the workload of each step of the project, increases productivity, cuts down the time a project takes and gives better results.
- Employees want to be treated more as freelancers and viceversa
Employees want flexibility: having more liberties leads to more productivity. This does not mean making abrupt changes to the company but establishing working environments that balance personal and working lives while letting employees choose the areas and projects they want to be part of.
Sure enough, hired freelancers want stability and the benefits that companies offer without sacrificing their flexibility. Businesses that learn how to work effectively with freelancers will have the best global talent available. This includes mapping projects and leading them to success with hybrid teams, incorporating advanced technology and providing predictability in order to help them plan effectively.
Innovation in digital spaces led to great advances in communication, finances, project management and more. In the last two years and in the midst of the pandemic, there were multiple success stories of companies that could adapt to remote work and create hybrid, diverse and innovative teams that had a positive impact on the social, cultural and economic results of the organizations.